Annie Williams’s Enviously Well-Packed Travel Bag

This will make you feel like a putz for checking luggage for a weekend trip.

In addition to making beauuutiful bags, running marathons, and skiing pretty much anything she can—you know, no big thang—Annie Williams is an avid traveler who’s headed off to India for the month of February. Embrace her essentials-only mindset to finally break free from that luggage carousel. —carlye wisel

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"Eucalyptus, the earth’s natural antiseptic. Solid shampoo and solid toothpaste tabs from LUSH (no spills no mess!!!). Cinnamon, tea-tree toothpicks—perfect for when you can’t brush your teeth—and an Adventure towel, which holds three times its weight in water!”

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"There’s no need to bring a lot of clothes! Women travelling to India will find the most respect and acceptance by wearing a traditional Indian kurti. And, it’s not common to wear shorts in India, but i can’t leave home without my favorite Wrangler cut-off shorts—in case of emergency."

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Moleskine journal, zipper clutch, passport, Indian rupees, and a disposable camera. Without a phone on my person at all times, it’s nice to have a candid way to document the trip.”

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"Though I’m trying to pack light, Dr. Bronner’s All-In-One Soap is essential! I use this for anything from washing my clothes to brushing my teeth.”

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"Lastly, I’m bringing my best friend Nicole. She is responsible for building my website, shooting my lookbook, developing product, and making music videos for me. I couldn’t do most of what I do without her, including this trip."

Come back tomorrow for Annie’s travel-ready edition! It’s ready to go wherever you do.

Photos by Nicole Irene.

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Annie Williams and Her Nashville Pad

There are pups and chickens, too.

For most of us, living locally means schlepping a bag of kale back from the farmers’ market. For the Tennessee-based leather-goods designer Annie Williams? It’s raising chickens a stone’s throw from her bedroom. The designer and her super-handy husband Ben live in a community house with three friends, complete with piles of home-grown veggies and refurbished mopeds. Sound like a dream? We think so, too. Nashville, here we come. —carlye wisel

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"Our house is a part of The Nashville Greenlands, which is run by Carl Meyer and Pam Beziat—they have started and developed Catholic Worker-type houses in North Nashville. We live with three other great women who are involved in the community.”

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“Pam grows peaches at her community house, and this is us harvesting them this summer.”

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“Ben, my husband, has set up a system to irrigate our garden with rainwater. Out on our property, we will be catching all of our water for drinking, showering, processing sewage, and watering the garden.”

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"Our dogs are Copper and Macy—they’re our children."

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"We have four hens and one rooster. We have 11 fertilized eggs right now and are excited to hatch the chicks and put lots of chickens on our new property. Here’s me with Smarty Pants, our Americana chicken. She lays blue eggs."

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“I have the problem with collecting instruments. My mom just found a vintage junior accordion for me.”

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"We’ve tried to cram most everything we own into one room, but our room is spacious and still really comfortable."

Come back tomorrow for Annie’s made-in-TN edition! Do it!

Photos by Nicole Irene.

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Annie Williams has been a wakeboarding instructor, a seamstress, a bouldering-bag designer, a musician—but it wasn’t until she began working in leather that she felt in her element. “It’s really weird—as soon as I sewed into it for the first time, I was like, ‘This is the most amazing material!’” she recalls.

It took Annie some time to master leather, but a bullheaded sensibility kept her going until she had made a name for herself in Nashville. Now, she works from one of the city’s oldest flour mills in a warehouse workshop that a friend organized. “She has this vision of a really well-curated space that is able to host gallery events, with small businesses like craftsmen and artists working there,” Annie explains.

Bringing a pared-down, honest approach to every clutch and wallet that she makes, Annie still finds time for some renaissance-woman multitasking. Next up? Building homes and cabins on the 15 acres she and her architect, gardener, skateboard designer, and rock climber husband now own. But don’t worry: Her leatherwork isn’t going on the backburner anytime soon. —carlye wisel

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